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Employers have been quick to recognize that there are significant and varied risks involved when employees talk about employment-related issues on social media. Many of these risks are common to other forms of communication and have traditionally been subject to corporate policies. For example, policies warn employees about the dangers of exposing confidential information on the Internet or of purporting to represent the company when they have no authority to do so. I previously discussed the fundamentals of sound corporate social media policies. However, social media policies venture into uncertain territory when they try to control more difficult-to-define behavior that is considered inappropriate or undesirable, including, for example, disparagement of management or colleagues.

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